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O'Tooles get off to the perfect start


O'Tooles got their Dublin Senior 'A' Hurling championship campaign off to a winning start at Parnell Park yesterday, proving too strong for Naomh Fionnbarra in Group D.

A goal inside 30 seconds from Seán Leonard set the Dublin 13 side on their way and Michael and Peadar Carton were prominent as they opened up a 1-11 to 0-3 interval lead.

Within a minute of the restart Ciarán Gettings hit the Finbarr's net and Graham Morris did the same 10 minutes later. Finbarr's late rally saw goals from Gerry O'Reilly (2) and John Bailey.

SCORERS - O'Toole's: P Carton 0-5, C Gettings, S Leonard, G Morris 1-1 each; A Morris 0-4, M Carton 0-3 (0-2f, 0-1 65), A King 0-2, C Carton 0-1. Naomh Fionnbarra: G O'Reilly 2-0, E Dillon 0-4, J Bailey 1-0, S Costello 0-2 (0-2f), P Turner, C Turner 0-1 each.

O'TOOLE'S: B McLoughlin; J Bastow, G O'Meara, D Burke; P Brennan, K Ryan, C Carton; M Carton, A Morris; G Morris, P Carton, P Bradshaw; A King, C Gettings, S Leonard. Subs: P McLoughlin for McLoughlin (46), M Cunningham for Leonard (50).

NAOMH FIONNBARRA: L Sweetman; K Byrne, I McDonnell, P Whelan; B Quinn, G Dodrill, A Costello; C Turner, P Turner; G O'Reilly, N Paget, S Costello; T Lynch, E Dillon, J Bailey. Subs: A Kavanagh for Quinn (24), S MacDonnacha for S Costello (40), S Commins for Paget (40).

REFEREE: D O'Donovan (St Mark's)

Crokes hold off Pat's comeback


Kilmacud controlled this Dublin SHC 'A' Group A duel in O'Toole Park on Saturday evening but a late Pat's spurt made things interesting.

The Palmerstown club trailed at the interval, 1-11 to 1-2, but got within three points with five minutes left. Dave O'Hanlon struck the game's opening goal on nine minutes. Damien Kelly added a second on 27 minutes.

Seán McGrath put Crokes 2-11 to 1-5 ahead on 45 minutes. O'Hanlon's second goal, three minutes made for a tight finish.

SCORERS - Kilmacud Crokes: D Kelly 1-2, S McGrath 1-0, R O'Dwyer, K O'Loughlin (2f, 1s) 0-3 each, Ross O'Carroll, B O'Rorke, J Sweeney, C Clinton 0-1 each. St Pat's (P): D O'Hanlon 2-0, S Stapleton 0-4 (3f), A Glennon 0-2, L Rushe, D Rushe, C Dolan 0-1 each.

KILMACUD CROKES: M Collins; N Corcoran, B O'Carroll, J Doughan; G McMorrow, Rory O'Carroll, R O'Loughlin; D Mulligan, J Sweeney; R O'Dwyer, D Kelly, K O'Loughlin; B O'Rorke, Ross O'Carroll, S McGrath. Subs: C Clinton for Sweeney (35); J Burke for McMorrow (42); N O'Riordan for O'Rorke (52).

ST PATRICK'S (P): D Gallagher; D Byrne, G Kelly, G Dunne; C Dolan, B O'Hanlon, K Ward; P Keaney, D Mooney; A Glennon, L Rushe, L Dunne; D O'Hanlon, D Rushe, S Stapleton. Subs: N Sweeney for Mooney (inj, 29).

REFEREE: J Brennan (Thomas Davis).